My name is Kath Gadd, I am a qualified Horticulturalist and Landscape Designer and I specialise exclusively in creating native gardens using Australian plants.

“I create and design gardens using Australian Native plants selected for their beauty and resilience, my philosophy is the right plant for the right place.”

I hold a Diploma of Landscape Design, a Certificate III in Horticulture,  Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management and have working experience in bush regeneration and knowledge of the indigenous plants of the Illawarra. I have been working in the garden design industry since 2004.

I also hold a Permaculture Design Certificate and have a love of chooks and native Bush Food, and a special interest in creating habitat gardens for native wildlife. I am also the President of the Illawarra Branch of the Australian Native Plant Society http://www.austplants-nsw.org.au – Australian Plant Society NSW.

I’m passionate about Australian Native Plants and have been  working at the Sydney Wildflower Nursery in Heathcote, since 2008.

Australian Native Gardens have come a long way since being in vogue in the 1970’s, the number of species and cultivars available now is  far superior; there is no better time to plant a native garden. Our climate is becoming less and less predictable and that makes it difficult for our gardens and us! By research and careful planning you can create a native garden that can withstand much of our harsh climate.

I have created this website to help promote the use of Australian native plants in garden design, not just for my garden designs but hopefully to inspire anyone out there who is interested in learning more about native plants and to give them a try.
It is created as a resource that I myself use when designing gardens but also as a space to open up discussion. Join me in this ongoing exploration of this amazing country’s natural environment. Browse around, and feel free to comment as you wish.

Useful links for more information about gardening with Australian native plants:

http://asgap.org.au – Australian Native Plant Society

http://www.austplants-nsw.org.au – Australian Plant Society NSW

http://www.gardeningwithangus.com.au – Gardening with Angus

http://www.australiannativeplants.net.au – Australian Native Plants Directory

http://www.grevilleapark.org – well worth a visit!

 https://www.australianoutdoorliving.com.au/australian-native-plants/ – New Australian Native Plant Resource

These are some of the Blogs I follow and find inspiring and informative:

http://nativeillawarra.blogspot.com.au – All about gardening with local Illawarra species

http://australianmodernistlandscapes.wordpress.com – Fantastic modernist Architecture blog with a touch of native plant Design

http://ourgreengenes.wordpress.com – Food for thought

http://australiannativeplantsdownunder.blogspot.com.au – Beautiful images

http://theplanthunter.com.au – Life with Plants